But Savage started the game because he earned it.
In a nationally televised game in which rookie Deshaun Watson is expected to start at quarterback, Hopkins needs to have a huge impact because the Texans can't afford an 0-2 start with the next game at New England. "We have to do a better job coaching". Not a bad way to spend the day. "A long way to go".
Blake Bortles threw for 125 yards and a touchdown, Calais Campbell had four sacks and Dante Fowler returned a fumble 53 yards for a score as the Jaguars snapped a six-game skid against Houston.
Watson completed 12 of 23 passes for 102 yards with a touchdown and an interception in his pro debut. The Texans didn't record a sack or a turnover while surrendering 100 yards to rookie running back Leonard Fournette in his National Football League debut. Hopkins caught one of those passes.
With momentum starting to switch to the Texans, Jacksonville quickly responded with a Blake Bortles' 1-yard touchdown pass to Tommy Bohanon after going 75-yards in 10 plays, giving the Jaguars a 26-7 lead with 4:14 to go in the third quarter.
The injury bug hit a team already struggling to find depth, especially at wide receiver and tight end.
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"We just weren't in sync", Savage said "That's just kind of what it was". "That's not a good feeling, but it's called a team sports and I'll be here for this team. I've seen how this works and it just is what it is".
But it's the mostly the same unit that ranked No. 1 in total defense a year ago (301.3 yards per game) and No. 2 in passing defense (201.6). He took almost all of the first-team snaps. Things definitely did not go according to plan for the Texans on Sunday afternoon.
Obviously the biggest question is who will start at quarterback.
The Texans can also sign someone off another team's practice squad, but it's asking a lot for an inexperienced practice squad player to pick up Bill O'Brien's offense in two days.